MEd in Curriculum Studies (Kootenays)

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MEd in Curriculum Studies

A part-time cohort program for working professionals and teachers throughout BC, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.

This unique MEd in Curriculum Studies, with a focus on Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies, takes into account a diversity of perspectives, pedagogies, and conceptions of curriculum.

This 30-credit graduate cohort will explore the various connections between place-conscious learning, rurality, curriculum, school and community engagement, and practitioner inquiry as they relate to a broad range of educational contexts.

Program Themes

  • Practitioner Inquiry attends to the generativity that can come from educators inquiring into the contexts within which they teach and learn. Taking up pedagogy and curriculum as participatory, responsive, co-created and as an ethical act of inquiry, educators can develop leadership capacities within themselves and their communities.
  • Place-Consciousness is an informed and critical perspective on the relationships between people and the places they inhabit. Place-conscious education challenges learners to consider where they are, how they got here, and to examine the tensions that exist between different cultural groups in particular communities over time. Seen in this light, places provide a local focus for socioecological experiences and inquiry.
  • Pedagogy focuses on the ways that educators engage with learners, and the philosophical connections between intentions, epistemologies, practices, and learners.
This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.

Start Date: August 2024
Length: 2 years and 1 term | part-time
Format: Blended (online & in-person)
Location: Summers in Nelson, BC
Domestic Tuition: $16,716.70 CAD
International Tuition: $18,068.61 CAD

Upcoming Info Sessions

There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program

Program Details

Proposed Schedule

This 30-credit program consists of the following courses:

Date Course Title Format Course Code
August 2024 Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies In-person EDCP 585
August 2024 Curriculum Issues and Theories In-person EDCP 562
September 2024 Field Experiences: Exploring Indigenous Historical and Cultural Sites for Learning Online EDCP 598
January 2025 Theorizing Pedagogy Online EDCP 542
May 2025 Research Methodology in Education Online EDUC 500
July 2025 Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy (elective) In-person EDCP 508
September 2025 Curriculum Change, Planning and Implementation Online EDCP 566
January 2026 Living Inquiry in Learning Communities Online CCFI 501
May 2026 Education Action Research (Elective) Online EDCP 512
July 2026 Graduating Paper In-person EDCP 590

In addition, two electives (400- or 500-level courses)

Recommended Electives (where available):

  • EDCP 508 | Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • EDCP 512 | Education Action Research
  • EDCP 514 | Art/o/graphy
  • EDCP 532 | Theories and Dimension of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses
  • EDCP 538 | Theory and Research in Environmental Education
  • EDCP 539 | Narrativity, Indigeneity and Ecopedagogy
  • EDST 542 | Fostering Learning in Practice
  • EDCP 563 | Curriculum Evaluation
  • EADM 558 | Leadership for Sustainability

Application Requirements

All students must meet the following requirements for the program:

  • A completed 4-year undergraduate degree with an average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in all senior-level courses.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining experiences and interests in Practitioner Inquiry and Place-Conscious Pedagogies, and how the specialization in Curriculum Studies supports your professional goals.
  • Statements of support from three referees, including whenever possible professors or administrators who can speak to your experience and interest in this topic, academic abilities and potential to complete a graduate program.
  • Resumé.
  • Preference will be given to those with two years’ teaching experience, those with equivalent engagement with schools, local or international communities, NGOs, and other related activities, and those with demonstrated academic interests in the area of study.

Seats are limited; early application is strongly recommended.


Type Per Installment Total Tuition
Domestic $2,388.10 $16,716.70 CAD
International $2,581.23 $18,068.61 CAD

Graduate tuition is assessed as an annual program fee, which is divided into three equal installments due at the beginning of academic terms starting in September, January and May.

Students in this program will pay a minimum of 7 installments.

Student Fees

Student fees include fees established and authorized by the UBC Board of Governors and fees established and authorized by students societies. These fees are in addition to tuition fees. Please see the UBC Calendar for details on student fees.

Fees are subject to change annually. Only information in the UBC Calendar is official

Funding Eligibility

As this program is part-time, it is not eligible for student loans or other types of funding.

How to Apply

Application Status: Closed
Application deadline: TBD


  • Navigate to
  • When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Online”.
  • Read the instructions, and either log in with your CWL or create a CWL if you have never attended UBC.
  • Once logged in, on the “Degree Program Selection,” type the 4-character cohort designation KTY5 into the “Program Keyword” field.
  • IMPORTANT: The program name should be Master of Education in Curriculum Studies – Professional Cohort and the cohort code should be KTY5. Please ensure you are applying to the correct program – this part-time Professional Cohort is different than the regular on-campus program.
  • Select the program.
  • When you reach the “Experience & Interests” page of the application, please make sure you choose the appropriate program, as there may be more than one. It should include KTY5.
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Declare & Submit”.
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.


  • When adding your references to your application, you will be asked whether they are professional or academic references. Academic references are those who know you in an academic capacity (e.g. former professors). Professional references would include your principal, vice-principal, or someone who has supervised you.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit electronic letters of reference. Simply fill in the email addresses of your three referees when completing the online application (an email address is required). References with free, web-based email addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will receive a link to the paper reference form, which must be mailed to our office (address on the reference form).NOTE: Please see “Supporting Documents” below for more information on paper references.

Once you submit and pay for your online application, your referees will automatically receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the electronic reference form or the link to the paper reference form, as above.

A letter can take the place of the reference form as long as it addresses the questions posed in the reference form. Despite the apparent size of the text box, referees may type as much as they want.


Please have these ready to upload when you apply:

Transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), English language assessment report (if applicable), statement of intent, and an up-to-date resume must be uploaded to your application.

In cases where referees are unable to submit an electronic reference, sealed and endorsed reference letters may be sent by mail. Your reference will receive a link to a reference form that they should complete and send back to us.

You can also find the Grad Reference Form here.

important Important: Please ask your references to include the 4-character cohort designation KTY5 when they submit their reference. All references must arrive in sealed envelopes with the reference’s signature on the seal.

Kelvin Mok
KTY5 Graduate Cohort
Faculty of Education, PDCE Office
University of British Columbia
1304-2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


After your application is submitted, all documents are uploaded, and references have been received, your application file is considered complete.

Once the application deadline for the program has passed, all completed application files are submitted to the Department for review.  Applications recommended by the Department for admission are then confirmed against Graduate & Post-Doctoral Studies requirements, and accepted applicants are notified. Any special case admissions require an additional review by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.

The entire process generally takes 8 to 12 weeks.


If you require any assistance with the application process, please contact:

Kelvin Mok
Senior Program Assistant

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Info Sessions

Meet the Program Advisor and Senior Program Assistant, and learn more about this program and about applying to become a UBC graduate student.


There are currently no info sessions scheduled for this program


For program content questions:

Dr. Leyton Schnellert
Associate Professor
UBC Faculty of Education

For application questions or assistance:

Kelvin Mok
Senior Program Assistant


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